Review of Toru Takemitsu Complete Guitar Works for Solo Guitar by Andrea Dieci, M.A.P., 2004
“One of Takemitsu’s great interpreters, Aki Takanashi, the wife of Akiyama, his friend and experiment companion, received his confession that he wanted to write sexy music: I think he succeded in the task, sticking and adhering to the curves of the current eroticism of social immagination: engagment and thought were eroctic in the late ’60s, the satisfaction of senses was erotic in the late ’80s, an esthetical, dreamy attitude which did not require much effort of cognitive faculties. These are the two extremes between which Takemitsu’s creative process moves, if you’ll pardon the possible exceptions and simplifications of this useful but necessary schematic description.” *
I think that these beautiful words written by Luciana Galliano in the booklet that accompanies thsi double CD titled “Toru Takemitsu Complete Guitar Works for Solo Guitar”, made in 2004 by Italian guitarist Andrea Dieci for MAP, easily simplify the idea beneath Takemitsu’s music. A composer characterized by complex and dynamic visions, Takemitsu , a gentleman torn between two worlds, the western and the Japanese who has been able to merge these two cultural identities by creating his own musical world, a new vision between Gagaku music, Cage’s ideas, Messiaen’s atmospheres and movie soundtracks .
“In our world there are human action and individual emotions expressed through music that cannot be expressed by words.”**
In this context, Takemitsu has proved to become one of the contemporary classical guitar’s champion, using our beloved six strings instrument to draw music on the border between silence and sound, characterized by fine, light and deep textures at the same time as the “Ma.” A kind of deep minimalism deeply ingrained within his own music.
“In Gagaku, the concepts of Ma is that essence of a space or interval or emptiness between objects. The very strong emphasis placed upon this Ma is an important aesthetic principle in all of the Japanese arts.” ***
This work by Andrea Dieci summarizes Takemitsu’s guitar production, a complete works able to move within a vast territory extending from the most rarefied forms of Folios (1974), delicate impressionism Equinox (1993) and In the Woods (1995), the deep tissue of All in Twilight (1987), a tribute to Bussotti (1991) here as first recording (A Piece for Guitar), to pop songs and transcriptions of 12 Songs and the Last Waltz. Andrea Dieci plays great interpretationswith his Romanillos’s guitar, able to convey the great beauty of the Japanese composer’s music.
* Luciana Galliano from the note in the cd’s booklet
** Toru Takemitsu, Confronting Silence Selected Writings, Scarecrow Press, 1995 pag. 59
*** Miya Masaoka, Notes from a Trans-Cultural Diary, in Arcana, John Zorn, Hips Road, 2000 pag. 158